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WEEKEND+ for Thursday 12/19 to Wednesday 12/25

This week’s highlights …  This Weekend’s “Season’s Best | On Stage | Holiday Happenings |Fitness Events | Greater Chicago Events | SPECIAL: Senior Focus | Active Kids Zone and Party Place  | Helping Kids with Learning Differences | Dining Guide  | This Week’s Sponsors … See below.

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This Weekend’s “Season’s Best”

Abbey Farms
Start Your Holiday Season at Abbey Farms! Searching for an old-fashioned treat to bring to your holiday gatherings this year? Apple crisp, pies, German comfort food from our Pine Tree Cafe — plus the Farmstead Emporium offers a wide variety of time-tested flavors for your seasonal cooking at home. Christmas trees and wreaths are available now, and be sure to look for Santa, too! Enjoy an award-winning apple cider donut, free, when you purchase your tree – and ask about our tree delivery service!  For more info, visit AbbeyFarms.org!
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Cascade Mountain…where kids ski free!
One of the most popular ski resorts in the Midwest is Cascade Mountain. Located on Interstate 90/94 between Madison and Wisconsin Dells, Cascade is a large area with 47 ski trails and snow tubing. Wisconsin Dells is just 15 minutes away from Cascade, and the city of Portage is even closer. Families with children save a bundle at Cascade Mountain because kids 12 and under ski free when accompanied by a paying adult. For more information, go to www.cascademountain.com.
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Kohl Children’s Museum
17 interactive hands-on exhibits to spark curiosity and inspire a love of learning for children ages birth to 8. Now through January 26, come explore the great outdoors with our interactive exhibit Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond, based on the hit PBS Kids TV show, and developed in partnership with Spiffy Pictures and WTTW! See for yourself why we’re The Place Where Awesome Lives! Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL. For more information, call 847-832-6600 or visit www.kcmgc.org.
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WhirlyBall
WhirlyBall’s newest location in Naperville is open! WhirlyBall’s newest location brings its one-of-a-kind social experience to Naperville with reimagined design and even more activities for guests to enjoy. Located at 3103 Odyssey Court, the two-story entertainment destination will feature two famed WhirlyBall courts, 12 bowling lanes, a multi-level LaserTag arena, multiple event spaces and The Pivot Room, an American eatery and craft beer bar located on the first floor.  Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT. 630-932-4800
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Wilmot Mountain     OPENS Friday, 11.22
Embrace Winter Family Fun at Wilmot Mountain!  Traverse the slopes, take a lesson, enjoy upgraded food & beverages options at Ski Hill Grill, attend great season long events or enjoy slope side views and a hot toddy at Walt’s Tavern.   Ski, snowboard and tube with us this season. Ring in the New Year with the family at our NEW Kid’s New Year’s Eve Bash at Walt’s Tavern! Enjoy a family friendly 2-hour daytime party at Walt’s Tavern.  The event includes face painting, photo booth, party favors, games, DJ, and more! Reservation are required, limited seating available. 11931 Fox River Road, Wilmot, WI. www.wilmotmountain.com
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13th Annual Festival of Lights
Presented by the Aurora Noon Rotary Club
Enjoy the magic of the 2019 Festival of Lights. Featuring a 20’ tall Dancing Christmas Tree & SINGING Reindeer. This is the largest FREE outdoor holiday light displays in Northern Illinois and is presented by the Aurora Noon Rotary Club in partnership with the City of Aurora. It is a mile long drive-through of spectacular displays. Staged at Phillips Park, 1000 Ray Moses Drive, Aurora. Open nightly 5 to 9,  Nov. 29 through Dec. 26.  Freewill donations appreciated.  www.aurorafestivaloflights.com.
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Village of Lemont…
Enjoy Our Holiday Scene!
Brighten up your holiday season by visiting Lemont and taking a stroll all around our historic downtown as we’re “Lighting Up Lemont” this season.  Our illuminating holiday decoration display includes a fun twist for the entire family this year!  Loomie, an augmented reality app, features interactive games to play and allows users to create unique photos and holiday cards in seconds.   Come and experience Lemont and Enjoy Our Holiday Scene!  www.lemont.il.us/Holiday.
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Kuipers Family Farm
Visit the farm for a huge selection of freshly harvested Pine and Fir trees.  Includes shaking, baling and one of our famous apple cider donuts for everyone in your party. Browse The Orchard Shop & Bakery for great gift ideas, gourmet foods, pies, fudge, apple cider and so much more! Located in Maple Park, IL just 45 minutes west of Chicago. Visit YouPickFun.com or call 815-827-5200 for more information.
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Living Wheaton for the Holidays
Downtown Wheaton is decked out for the holidays this season.  Gather around the community fireplace with hot cocoa at Martin Memorial Plaza and enjoy old-fashioned carriage rides along Front Street. Drop off you letter to Santa in his special mailbox located next to the giant Living Wheaton chair at the ‘W’ Plaza on Front Street. Enjoy Christmas festival family activities every Saturday through December 21st. For details visit downtownwheaton.com.

Bobby Hull Community Ice Rink
With the start of the holiday season, ice skating has returned to Cicero! Located at 3400 S 53rd Ave, Cicero, Illinois 60804. Check out times, rates, and weather-related updates at  www.facebook.com/bobbyhullcommunityicerink/.
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Holiday Lights in Lilacia Park
Join the Lombard Park District’s annual lighting celebration! Charming holiday displays light up Lilacia Park with a magical array of animated light shows, decorated trees, a gingerbread house, and much more. Youngsters can visit with Santa Claus, enjoy a spectacular show with complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, and visit with holiday characters. Holidays takes place every weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning now until December 22. 150 S. Park Ave. Lombard, IL 60148. Lombardparks.com.

Christmas Town at Summerfield Zoo
An amazing opportunity to make Christmas memories! Visit Santa’s Reindeer Barn with Santa’s entire sleigh team of live reindeer. Visit with Santa Claus (times available on website). Kids will earn an official stable elf diploma! Baby reindeer flight school training sessions. Lots of magical photo opportunities, including live reindeer! Grab a delicious snack at Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen Snack Shop. Visit the Flying Reindeer Gift Shop for ALL of your Christmas shopping needs! Admission is $10 per person. www.summerfieldfarmandzoo.com 3088 Flora Rd., Belvidere, IL

Granite Peak Ski Area
Wisconsin’s #1 Ski Area located in an authentic ski town!  Your family will have so much to do for the entire weekend.   Ski and Stay packages as low as $452 for a family of 4! 3 High Speed chair lifts with beginner runs that allow for your whole family, no matter their ability, ski all day long!  Combo tickets starting at $299 for 5 Days.  Now that’s a deal! Book now at Skigranitepeak.com.
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Ride Metra to Winter Fun
With traffic-free trips to festive Chicago-area destinations like shopping, ice skating, theaters, light displays and more, Metra is made for the holidays! Enjoy unlimited rides Saturday and Sunday for just $10, and free rides for up to three kids 11 and under with each fare-paying adult on weekends and select holidays. For more fun trip ideas, schedules and to find the station nearest you, visit metrarail.com today!
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Oak Brook Park District
Parties and Event Services
From year-round pool parties to quaint weddings and family gatherings, the Oak Brook Park District’s award-winning facilities and staff are available to make sure that your next event is a success! Please contact the our team for additional details or reservations by emailing events@obparks.org or calling 630-645-9554. www.obparks.org.

Celebrate the Holidays with Hollywood Blvd Cinema
Celebrity Guest, Ugly Sweater Parties, Movie with Santa, Christmas Dueling Pianos, Throwback Holiday Classics and so much more! Private Events rentals available also for Fundraisers, Holiday Parties & Corporate Events. Contact Blvd today. 1001 W. 75th St. Woodridge IL 60517 www.HollywoodBlvdCinema.com.

SAFARI LAND, Villa Park, IL
Safari Land is the ultimate, INDOOR amusement park, plus home of the largest year-round indoor roller coaster in Illinois. Open seven days a week, offering eight amusement rides, over 100 arcade games and 12 lanes of bowling. Ride wristband includes: Tilt-A-Whirl, Bumper Cars, Merry-Go-Round, Monkey Jump, Soft Play Area, Max Flight Simulator, Roller Coaster & Kiddie Go-Karts. Free parking and a perfect spot for birthday parties!  For more information visit www.safarilandfun.com or call 630-530-4649.
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Funtopia: Glenview and Naperville
Funtopia hosts the most FUNbelievable Birthday Parties. Our packages offer a unique way for kids to have fun and be active on awesome attractions while parents can relax and enjoy the great atmosphere.

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Holiday On Stage…

Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts
Classical and popular music of the season is performed by the award-winning Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra at its 20th annual Presto! Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 21 at 3pm and 7pm. The Schaumburg Youth Choir joins the program, performing carols with the orchestra. For tickets, visit prairiecenter.org or call 847-895-3600. The Prairie Center is located at 201 Schaumburg Ct., in Schaumburg.
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Holiday Inn
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions

Now – December 21, 2019.
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin. Based on the film from Universal Pictures. Book by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge. This crowd-pleasing, classic romance is sure to delight audiences of all ages—featuring thrill-ing dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs, including “Blue Skies,” “Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” and “White Christmas.” New this year…we have two additional performances to our Christmas production. We have added a matinee performance on the Saturday of opening weekend.

Performing at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. For tickets call the box office at 630-634-2100 or visit our website at overshadowed.org. We can’t wait to share the holidays with you!
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Mary Poppins + A Christmas Carol
Drury Lane Theatre
“It’s a jolly holiday with…” Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins at Drury Lane Theatre! Everyone’s favorite nanny flies to the stage November 15, 2019 – January 19, 2020. Based on the stories by P.L. Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film, this “practically perfect” musical is fun for the entire family. Tickets start at $60 and are on sale now – and if you’re still doing your shopping, they make a “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” gift! Call or visit the box office or visit DruryLaneTheatre.com to get your tickets today!

Have a magical day out at the Spoonful of Sugar Tea before the matinee performance of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins on January 4 and 11. Kids of all ages will love the magic show and decorating their very own kite. For more information or to make reservations, visit LucilleRestaurant.com or call (630) 530-8300.

Drury Lane Theatre for Young Audiences presents A Christmas CarolNovember 29-December 23, 2019. The 60-minute holiday classic is appropriate for all ages. Tickets start at $20 and are on sale now. Call or visit the box office or visit DruryLaneTheatre.com to get your tickets today!

(630) 530-0111 | 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 | DruryLaneTheatre.com.
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Magic of the Holiday Season
The Dancing Horses Theatre – located 10 minutes west of Lake Geneva
Open all year round!
Discover what everyone is talking about. For a perfect day of family entertainment, and to enjoy the Magic of the Holiday Season, visit The Dancing Horses Theatre. Music, costumes, and holiday lights grace the entire Theatre from November to January. It is a “must see” for any horse lover as well as all those looking for a unique destination. www.thedancinghorses.com or call 262-728-8200. Tickets are $32.50 for over 2 hours of spectacular entertainment!

Raue Center For The Arts
Raue Center For The Arts is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of all through the arts. The 750-seat theatre, located in historic downtown Crystal Lake, Illinois, is a gathering place for our region’s citizens and has become a true destination for music, comedy theater, and more! Proud home to in-house nonprofit theatre company WILLIAMS STREET REPERTORY and all its programming! Raue Center strives to provide the arts for all and believes integrity, inclusion, and diversity make us better as an arts center. Stop by and experience great entertainment, close to home! Located at 26 N. Williams Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. (815) 356-9212 | Box Office Hours: Tue–Fri: 2PM–6PM | Sat: 12PM–4PM | Sun & Mon: Closed. www.rauecenter.org.

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This Weekend’s “Holiday Happenings”

  • ZooLights Monday Family Nights at Lincoln Park Zoo – 12/16, 12/23 & 12/30*. Fun-filled evenings includes activities for families with children. 4:30-9 PM. Lpzoo.org.
  • Holiday House Decorating Tour – 12/17-18. Travel around Schaumburg to see the sights and lights of houses decorated for the holidays. 6 – 8:30 PM. Schaumburg Park District. parkfun.com.
  • Holiday Trolley Express – 12/20. Take a festive trolley ride, hear the story of the Polar Express, sing carols, enjoy refreshments, and visit with Santa. 5 – 8 PM. Register Carol Stream Park District. csparks.org.
  • A Christmas Carol Radio Show – 12/21. “A Christmas Carol” presented as a 1940s-radio show. Join us for the retelling of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey to find his holiday. 3 PM and 5 PM. Registration. McCormick House Freedom Hall, Cantigny. Wheaton. Cantigny.org.
  • Holly Jolly Trolley – 12/20-21 – Bring the family on a magical train ride to enjoy a story, caroling, milk and cookies and a very special guest! Roselle Metra Station. Bloomingdaleparks.org.

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This Week’s Greater Chicago Events…

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19

  • KIDS – Nerf Gun Night – Kids will battle and play fun competitive games. Participants must provide their own Nerf Gun and protective eye-wear. Ages 7-12. 6-7:30 PM. Downers Grove Recreation Center. Register. Dgparks.org.
  • HISTORY Lunch & Learn: Great Chicago Fire – Brian Failing, executive director of Aurora Regional Fire Museum, discusses the Great Chicago Fire and its impact. 12 – 1 PM. Free. Cantigny Visitors Center, Wheaton. Register Cantigny.org.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20

  • FAMILY Holiday Spectacular – Celebrate the incredible talents of SEASPAR’s participants with disabilities with theatre, dance, and music performances at a free recital that will leave you inspired and filled with holiday cheer. 7 PM. Theatre of Western Springs. 630-960-7600 or SEASPAR.org.
  • KIDS Parents Night Out – Drop of the kids for a night of activities and hot dog dinner while mom and dad have some “me” time. 6-9 PM. Register online. Community Center, Woodridge. apm.activecommunities.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21

  • KIDS Nature Discovery Days: All About Evergreens – Explore nature with your child. Fun hands-on activities, games, crafts, experiments, nature books and more. No registration. 11 AM – 2 PM. Knoch Knolls Nature Center River Room, Naperville. napervilleparks.org/kknc.
  • FAMILY Winter Solstice Family Hike – Explore the wintery scene along the trails on this fun filled, guided family hike.  End your adventure with a cozy fire and marshmallow roasting. 1 – 2:30 PM. Register.  Morton Arboretum, Lisle. Mortonarb.org.
  • EXHIBIT “A Celebration of Souls: Day of the Dead in Southern Mexico” Through 1/5/20. The temporary exhibition is rich with cultural symbols from one of the most recognized annual events in Mexico. Dunn Museum, Libertyville. DunnMuseum.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon – Opens mid November. Among the “alpine in a city,” lace up your skates and enjoy an ice skating experience unlike any other on a path of ice winding through the rolling landscape. Chicago. maggiedaleypark.com.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Christmas Around The World and Holidays of Light – November 14-January 5. Since 1942 Chicagoans and visitors alike have enjoyed fabulous trees from over 50 countries, plus spectacular lights all in the comfort of the museum. Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. msichicago.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Christkindlmarket Chicago – November 15 – December 24. A unique open-air shopping experience with traditional German flair offering food, drinks and diverse holiday entertainment. Downtown and Wrigleyville locations. Chicago. christkindlemarket.com.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  McCormick Tribune Ice Rink – November 15 – mid March. Lessons and special programming weekends and during the Chicago Public Schools’ winter break. Skate rentals available. Chicago. millenniumpark.org.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22

  • CHICAGO / CITY  Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon – Opens mid November. Among the “alpine in a city,” lace up your skates and enjoy an ice skating experience unlike any other on a path of ice winding through the rolling landscape. Chicago. maggiedaleypark.com.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Christmas Around The World and Holidays of Light – November 14-January 5. Since 1942 Chicagoans and visitors alike have enjoyed fabulous trees from over 50 countries, plus spectacular lights all in the comfort of the museum. Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. msichicago.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Christkindlmarket Chicago – November 15 – December 24. A unique open-air shopping experience with traditional German flair offering food, drinks and diverse holiday entertainment. Downtown and Wrigleyville locations. Chicago. christkindlemarket.com.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  McCormick Tribune Ice Rink – November 15 – mid March. Lessons and special programming weekends and during the Chicago Public Schools’ winter break. Skate rentals available. Chicago. millenniumpark.org.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 23

  • TEENS Middle School Movie Nights –The Lounge is open just for middle-schoolers to watch newly released movies on our huge projector screen! Concessions are available. Bloomingdale. Bloomingdaleparks.org.

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SPECIAL: Senior Focus

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Active Kids Zone + Party Places

  • Active Kids Zone featuring: Rock ‘n Kids, SEASPAR, Great Lakes Volleyball Center   Go to this article: Website | Digital Edition
  • Party Places featuring:  Oak Brook Park District Parties and Event Services, Hollywood Blvd Cinema, SAFARI LAND,  Funtopia Glenview and Naperville   Go to this article: Website | Digital Edition

Help Your Child with Learning Differences

  • Featuring: Autism Home Support Services, Eye Level Learning Centers, Her’s to You! LLC, SEASPAR

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Dining Guide

  • Dining Guide featuring:The Hen House of Wheaton, Vino Thai, Mon Ami Gabi, Catch 35, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants

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